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After completing the work detailed in my recent article, “Unextreme House Makeover,” where I painted a few rooms in my house, my cousin, Kendra, decided she’d like to spruce up her place a bit and offered to have me help her. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty; besides I could use a break away from sitting in front of the computer all day looking at job boards.
What started out as a request to paint her office and a couple of bedrooms in her condominium has turned out to be an all out remodel project. She must have been testing me at first, as painting was pretty easy.
She admired the work, then asked if I could build a mantle for her fireplace. I’ve got woodworking skills. I designed the piece, receiving inspiration to match the large cedar beam that holds up the second floor over her dining room in her quaint cottage. I built the mantle out of cedar and then proceeded to stain it and the existing beam the same color to really tie it together nicely.
Next, she purchased new light fixtures for her bathrooms, which I installed. They look very nice with the new paint. I think that gave her the idea to order new counter tops, sinks, faucets and toilets in the bathrooms. She wanted to keep the cabinets, but had me sand and stain them a new color.
Kendra got a bit more ambitious after that. Currently I’m ripping out the tile floor from her entry, half and full bathrooms in preparation for new tile going down this coming week. What I discovered under the tile in the full bath wasn’t pretty – mold! Looks like I’m going to be replacing some subflooring, too. I’ll have my mask and gloves on. Wish me luck!
From IT Consulting to Handyman for hire, I’m finding ways to keep busy in this down economy.
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